Dive, dive, dive!

I cannot believe all the fuss and bother on the sports pages yesterday – football players diving? How shocking. Robert Pires of Arsenal taking a tired tumble in the box, and similar by Kevin Phillips for Southampton? And the point is? Non-footie fans look away now.

It was ever thus. Weren’t Franny Lee and Jurgen Klinsmann both known as the ‘sub’, not because he started the game on the bench, but for their diving antics? There may be some out there who recall a ‘pure’ game, played by gentlemen who would always set a fallible referee right, that they tripped, and it wasn’t the clumsy defender who tipped them over. Yeah, right. Read more ›››

In at the Deep End

Brilliant news that the old Victoria Baths in Longsight has won a BBC poll as the building most worth renovating by viewers of their Restoration programme. It is a great triumph for the Friends of Victoria Baths who have been campaigning for years for it to reopen. However, before we get too excited, the £3.5 million will only pay for the restoration of the turkish baths, and not for the swimming pool which will cost an awful lot. But it is a start. Read more ›››

We are where we are

“Boip! ‘scuse me.” The steak was cooked to perfection, even if I do say so myself. A very enjoyable barbie, especially for our dog Jack who must have scoffed pretty near half his weight in left-over sausages etc.

The above title was a favourite saying of my boss that some wag translated into Latin – Sumus Quo Sumus – which became our work motto. Read more ›››

Last of Summer, Last Night of the Proms

It has been quite some time since I posted anything to my blog, but I have been incredibly busy at work for the past two or three weeks and have had neither the time nor the energy. I’ve also been struggling to get the archiving feature to work, so bear with me on that one.

The sun is shining here in Stockport, a typical English Indian Summer day. I’m not quite sure where that phrase comes from, but it is likely to be of American derivation. Whatever, it means summer hasn’t quite left us yet and we are planning what might be the last barbecue of the year.There are some excellent bbq recipe idea at the British Barbecue site, although me and the kids are more plain steak people. (Sorry about the Rule Britannia music on the site.) Read more ›››

Binary Powered

I had to take our dog Bingo back to the vet tonight (see last Thursday’s post). One of the wounds has become infected and whiffed a bit. Old bucket head is now on antibiotics (applied wrapped in pate) and eye-drops (mostly a wrestling match) and another £16 to the bill.

I took him in my wife’s car which is better equipped to carry dogs. On my way back, I glanced at the unfamiliar dash and thought that’s bloody binary code! This little screen read 010101. Now I know that we rely on microchips to run our cars, but this seemed over and above. You’re ahead of me – it was the odometer, but a bit of a coincidence nonetheless that I chose that moment to notice it for the first time. Read more ›››

Mood Swings

How moods can change. As I wrote my last post, the sun sneaked away to be replaced by threatening clouds. Not downhearted, I looked forward to watching footie on TV, only to see my beloved Man U fall to a late goal at Southampton. Then Man City managed to throw away a 1-0 advantage to lose 2-1 to bloody, bloody Arsenal. Am I depressed? Just a smidgin.

But if I’m unhappy, imagine poor Ma Lihau of Beijing who attempted to break the domino toppling record, only for a cockroach to bring her first day’s work crashing down. But she was ultimately successful. Perhaps I should take that as a parable for the football season. Read more ›››

Peace in Our Time

A very pleasant sunny Sunday morning in Stockport. And complete silence, the reason being that my wife and kids have taken themselves off to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We had three all day passes left from our previous visit a couple of weeks ago and they had to be used before the end of the season. The original idea was to go tomorrow, but Pat had too many work commitments.

I must say, you can’t beat a day in Blackpool and I hope the Valhalla ride (our favourite) is working this time. It is a water ride in the dark with great effects – howling winds, freezing ice mists, tunnel of water and walls of fire to dry you off because believe me, you do come off this ride very, very wet. Read more ›››